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Peach and Blue Hardcover – October 4, 1994


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition (October 4, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679839291
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679839293
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,661,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

First-time author Kilborne spins a heavily anthropomorphized tale of Blue, a boy toad, and the help he gives Peach. From high in her tree, she tells him: "I wish I could see what the rest of the world is like." Though Blue thinks it's just "all right," he plucks her from her branch and pushes her around in a twig toboggan. In a brief shift into rhyme, Peach exclaims over the "beautiful colors" she sees: "the blue of your belly, of afternoon's sky,/ the brown of the bank, of the eider duck's eye." Both are happy, for she helps Blue see the world anew. Johnson and Fancher (The First Night) do their best with romantic, lushly colored illustrations; although the peach does get eyes, nose and mouth, the artists neither overemphasize nor deflate the tale's sentimentality. For fanciers of old-fashioned children's books only. Ages 3-7.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2-An odd, farfetched story about a blue-bellied toad and a living, breathing, talking peach. The unlikely pair establish a deep, sentimental friendship after Blue assists Peach in falling from her branch. She wants to see the world, but it is she who helps Blue to view his pondside home in a fresh, new way. He propels her around in a leaf-lined bowl made of twigs and mud while she rhapsodizes about the "harvest of colors" that she beholds. Although the text is clear and well written, the story itself is too serious, saccharine, and self-consciously philosophical. Dark, well-composed paintings beautifully depict each stage of the low-key adventure. Blue is portrayed realistically, as are the natural surroundings, while Peach sports a somewhat ghostly face, making her look like a disembodied bald head. There is little here to appeal to children. Kate Spohn's Fanny and Margarita (Viking, 1993) is an overtly whimsical tale about talking fruit that intends to make readers laugh.
Valerie Lennox, Jacksonville Public Library, FL
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This story taught us about friendship and respecting our environment.
Erica Wenger
With it's beautiful, colorful illustrations and it's sweet story of the friendship between a frog and a peach, it's a real heart warmer.
Sallie Stephens
Since I found the original book ... I will give this one to someone who really appreciates reading and the content of the story.
Pinkie

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 11, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I was introduced to this book 4 years ago at an Indiana State Primetime Meeting. The speaker read the book and I was in awe. It touched my heart. It not only is a children's book, but one of the best adult books I have read in a long time. I have given over 20 copies as gifts. Our principal's wife was dying with cancer, and I gave her a copy. "Nothing is forever, but for now I have you and you have me." What beautiful words. My class gave the book to me one year. I am currently writing a grant to use this for a spin-off for a 4-6 week unit. I would love to make costumes for my K-2 class to perform for the other classes and for a PTO meeting.
Thank you Sarah Kilborne!!!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sallie Stephens on October 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
I love this book. With it's beautiful, colorful illustrations and it's sweet story of the friendship between a frog and a peach, it's a real heart warmer. Blue (the frog) helps Peach to 'escape' from her tree before she gets eaten and Peach, in turn, helps Blue to see the world as a more beautiful place. My three year old son loves this book and so do I. It teaches about friendship and to not take things for granted. Even if you don't have children, but love children's books, this one is a keeper!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Peach and Blue is a wonderful story, that I would recommend to everyone. It is also a learning tool about friendship, caring, and appreciating the beauty of nature. This is a story everyone can relate to. The illustrations are as detailed and colorful as Peach's view of the world. Everyone should at one time read Peach and Blue. I guarantee it will change your view of the world. After you read Peach and Blue, you will never look at a rainbow of a sunset the same again.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
I am in Kindergarten and my teacher read us this book twice. One of the things I liked about this book is that Peach and Blue became friends in one day. This week our theme is friendship. Peach and Blue are friends because they treated each other so nice. The pictures looked like it really happened. My class loves it so much.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Earth Traveller on November 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book makes for an excellent lesson plan, when teaching children about the differences between people, and about being compassionate and caring to one another. This book must be read with these deeper types of meaning in mind, as it is not just simply a story about a frog befriending a fruit. It is also a story which deals with the subject matter of death and dying, and reminded me of "The Fall of Freddy Leaf" by Leo Buscalia, and also somehow brought to mind the book "I'll Love You Forever", as this is a book which also adeptly deals with the cycle of life and death. I liked it very much, and Steve Johnsons' and Lou Fanchers' illustrations are beautifully done.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By NoBooksNoLife on June 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
My kids and I read this when they were little. They loved the story and illustrations and the way Mom got tears in her eyes when she read it aloud. The illustrations are rich and emotive and the story is sublime. Whenever I read this book, new analogies come to mind for the characters--sometimes I think that Peach is confined a bit like a person in a wheelchair, and Blue takes her around....increasing her mobility as she reciprocates by opening his mind to new observations. Peach and Blue has a treasured place in our family library.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Erica Wenger on January 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Peach and Blue is a heartwarming story Our entire school read the book for a literacy program so we could be a community of readers. We would recommend this book to children and adults of all ages. This story taught us about friendship and respecting our environment. The illustrations were detailed and colorful. We are looking forward to reading other books by Sarah S. Kilborne.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
We don't read this book often, but I'm glad we have it. A friendship between a toad and a peach doesn't seem like a story, but my sons and I enjoy it every time we read it. I especially like the ending. It's all about caring but is so open to interpretation that I've used it to teach them about love, friends, frogs and even dying.
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